A clock as defined by Wikipedia is an instrument to indicate, keep, and co-ordinate time. The word “Clock” is derived ultimately (via Dutch, Northern French, and Medieval Latin) from the Celtic words clagan and clocca meaning “bell”. In general usage today a “clock” refers to any device for measuring and displaying time.
While growing up, I remember my mom always telling me to be quick in whatever I do because time waits for no man. Another cliché I came to know about in my formative years is “Time is money”. In my teenage years, I came across a saying that “No matter how faulty a clock is, it always gives a correct time twice”.
Through my journey as a discerning Christian, I’ve come across this Biblical verse that says “ To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;……………a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing etc. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
There’s also this cliché that; “God’s time is the best”. Does that mean God has a clock? This cliché is mostly used to comfort someone who has been eagerly waiting for a long time to see a wish or a desire come to fruition. Some people end up giving up on their dreams and literally fold their arms with the excuse that if “God’s time” comes, everything will be alright. Some people justify the delay of their wishes with the excuse that “Maybe it’s just not God’s time or it’s not God’s will for my wish to be accomplished. But Ecclesiastes 3:11(NLT) says “God has made everything beautiful for its own time”.
Permit me to bore you with a story of a man who has inspired me in this month of July to buttress my earlier point made (Ecclesiastes 3:11,NLT).
Earlier this month, Pokémon Go app which was released on July 6, 2016 broke all records, with 10million+ downloads in the first week( earlier last week this figure skyrocketed to 30million), exceeding Twitter in daily active users while reportedly taking an average of $1.6m a day and with higher average user time than Facebook, snapchat, Instagram & WhatsApp.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the smartphone game, Pokémon Go involves users walking around streets chasing and capturing cartoon monsters that appear in real locations on their phones.
The man behind this phenomenon is John Hanke. Hankes entrepreneurial skills journey began in 1995 when he partnered with Berkeley MBA classmate Steve Sellers, MBA 96 to form Archetype Interactive, creator of one of the world’s first graphical, massively multiplayer online games which was acquired by 3DO. After a couple of years at 3DO, Hanke co-founded another computer gaming company, Big Network, acquired by eUniverse in 2000. In 2001, Hanke founded the startup keyhole, which created a program called Earth Viewer which allowed users to explore the globe using satellites and 3D mapping technology. Google later acquired Keyhole in 2004, and Hanke stayed on at Google for another decade to lead the development of Google Earth, Maps and street view. He then launched Niantic Labs inside Google to focus on next gen games and spun it out as a separate company last year with $30million investment from Pokémon, Google, and Nintendo.
The idea of Pokémon Go actually popped up a few years ago when Google, as an April Fool’s Day joke announced a fictional product that involved catching Pokémon using Google Maps.
The overnight success of Pokémon Go took Hanke 20years to create. I believe throughout those 20years, Hanke didn’t know what form it would take for his belief in the world being a great place to be present in and vision of wanting people to go out into the world rather than sitting behind a computer screen.
In an interview with TIME, John Hanke revealed that they planned for success and provisioned infrastructure for it. Eureka!!! Eureka!!!. The Eureka!!! Is “planning”.
Hanke could have given up on his vision in the first ten years of his job because he didn’t see it coming to fruition. He could have thrown his arms in despair and said at “God’s appointed time my vision will come to pass”. He took advantage of every step that he took and channeled it towards that goal. What we call God’s time is a time where enough preparation meets success. It’s not a fixed time where one just sits idle and waits for it. God always gives us something to start with and it is our duty to make good use of it and still have that goal in sight.
Take a look at the transition of John Hanke from Archetype Interactive- Big Network- keyhole- Google( Google Earth,Google Maps, and street view) – Niantic Labs(Pokemon Go). NB: (I stand to be corrected in terms of the facts above). He didn’t make his breakthrough from the beginning but the gentle strides he made led him to the accomplishment of his dream
No visionary person waits for God’s time, they work towards God’s time. God’s time is not a dead end but a transit to another journey or destination. The time has already been pre-determined but it is our duty to work towards arriving on that time.
What dream do you have? What great idea do you have? Where do you want to be in the next ten years? It doesn’t matter how long it is taking for your dream to come to pass. Just hang in there and work with what you currently have with dexterity.
“John Hanke is an absolute genius,” says David Jones, the only British investor with a stake in Niantic. Hanke he says is “a visionary in that he understands not just where the future is going but creates the things that will change the future”.
The gentle steps that John Hanke took are what has propelled him to being the talk of the town lately. If God knows the end from the beginning, then Everything was made beautiful before Hanke could even realize. He just had to plan towards what was already made.
It doesn’t matter how long it is taking you to achieve your dream, what matters is how you concentrate on what is before you and channel it towards your dream.
Remember “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success”- Eddie Cantor.
Author: Desmond Pappy Tawiah
Source of facts(newsroom.haas.berkeley.edu, time.com,heavy.com, moneyweek.com, telegraph.co.uk)